Best Golf Courses for Women: Naples, Florida

Featured, Florida, Sports & Games — By on January 3, 2012 at 6:32 pm

Women Golfing

When it comes to playing golf, the Lost Girls are total pros! Of course, that’s only the case when we’re teeing up on our boyfriend’s Nintendo Wii. Otherwise, well, we’d need a little bit lot of practice before you’d want us anywhere near a bag of clubs. Good thing we connected with Stacy Craig, our guest writer this week and a marketing rep for the Golf Channel. We asked her to share the best place to amp up our limited skills, and the best courses to swing without causing any major damage. Surprise: The answer was NOT anywhere near Manhattan, but it IS just a short flight away.

Now all we need is a cheap flight, a bag of balls—and some really killer plaid pants. 


If you’re a golf fan or player and are traveling to Southwest Florida (one of the Lost Girls favorite “home base” locales) you may want to consider paying a visit to Naples—the golf haven of the Sunshine State. Not total pro? Or even a strong amateur? No worries…there’s plenty of options for eveyone.

First, Naples has  both public and private golf courses (I’ve put together a golf course master’s leaderboard here that delves into the best golf courses in the area).

If you’re freezing your ears off elsewhere in the country—and its pretty dark brisk this week in the Northeast!—know that best time for golfing in Florida is during winter when there is early morning breeze to enjoy, and green and lush grass to walk on.

With affordable green fee and balmy days, Naples is the perfect place for a golf lover. Here are the best golf courses for women—and their partners.

Hammock Bay

Hammock Bay course covers an area of about 7,000 yards and has a rating of 73.4. It was initially designed by Bruce Robert von Hagge. Then Peter Jacobson redesigned it, and it was reopened for playing in 2004. It is governed by WCI Communities.


The Arrowhead comprises of pleasant 6,927 yards, and has a rating of 73.4. It has Bermuda grass and was designed by Gordon G. Lewis. This course opened in 1998.

LaPlaya Golf Resort

It is located on the beach and is among the most famous golf resorts in Florida. It has a great golf course, which was designed by Robert Cupp. Apart from golfing fun, there are many other fun activities offered by the resort, including a spa, a spectacular landscape, and long stretch of the beach. Plus, the resort provides an incredible dining experience. There are pools and rock gardens around the building of the resort that would leave you breathless.

Eagle Lakes

This 18-hole course in Naples covers a whopping area of 7,150 yards. It has a par of 71, and it’s rated at 75.3. Designed by Gordon Lewis and Bruce Devlin, the Eagles course opened in 2006.

Forest Glen

This golf course plays for 7,081 yards over championship tees for par of 72. The course rating is of 75.1 and was designed by Arthur Hills. This golf course opened in 2009.

Gasparilla Inn course

The Gasparilla inn course plays 6,811 yards from back trees for par of 72. It has a rating of 73.5 and its designer is Pete Dye. It opened in 2004 for playing.

Lely Golf Resort

They say that there is no other community in Southwest Florida that can match the 54-hole golf championship of the Lely Resort. This is quite a claim and attracts many people for a match.

Heritage Bay

Its 27-hole layout area features all the good features of Florida golf. It was designed by Gordon Lewis, and it opened in 2006.

Hibiscus Golf Club

The Hibiscus club is an 18-hole course that covers an area of 6,540 yards and stands at a rating of 71.5. Playing at a par of 73, it is among the best Naples golf courses.

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